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Where to stay....Vancouver, Victoria or Tofino?

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My family and I are planning a visit to Canada in July. We are starting our vacation in the Vancouver area and driving eastward to spend a week in the Canadian Rockies. We only have three, maybe four nights to spend in the Vancouver area and are primarily interested in seeing some beautiful scenery and doing a whale watching tour. The idea of driving along the coast and staying at a seaside resort area is much more appealing to us than staying in a city environment.

Initially I thought we would be spending all our time in the Vancouver/Victoria area, itself. But after reading so many posts here about Tofino, I think we might really regret not seeing this beautiful area. It seems there are also whale watching tours out of Tofino, as well as Victoria, though I am not sure which is the better location to see Orcas in July.

We are flying into Vancouver on July 25th from the east coast, so our first day in will be a long day. We have reservations at Patricia Lake Bungalows in Jasper, AB beginning the 29th of July. If necessary, we could probably delay that arrival until the 30th since I know the drive from Vancouver to Jasper will be a very long one. Any advice or suggestions you could give us will be much appreciated!

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